HOSPITALS in the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust have been allocated more than £2 million of additional funding to help deal with the increased pressures during the winter months.

“We are pleased to receive this additional funding to help ensure we can treat our patients in the best place as quickly as possible during the pressured winter months," said Foluke Ajayi, the trust's chief operating officer.

"Some of the funding we’ve received (£909,000) will cover costs we have already incurred as part of our winter plan and the remaining £1.1m will be allocated for new schemes across our hospitals."

The trust is also planning to fund extra capacity in its hospitals. It plans to provide additional out-of-hours cover in the Primary Care Assessment Service (PCAS), at Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal, additional medical cover on hospital wards, and additional patient transport vehicles to support the discharge of patients.